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Over The Edge Radio Archive (Seeland 031). Negativland's live mix radio show "Over The Edge" has been the longest-running block of free-form audio collage in radio history. With Negativland's Don Joyce at the helm, the weekly show was broadcast from KPFA FM in Berkeley California from 1981 to 2015. His death on July 22, 2015 closed a very large and long chapter in the group's history.

Here is how Don and Negativland described Over The Edge in texts drawn from over three decades of promoting the show:

"OTE's weekly themed mixes are made live and spontaneously on the air from a variety of formats and equipment used to do live sound cut ups and collage while mixing, including the frequent use of the now long dead analog technology of radio broadcast cart machines. On each themed episode of OTE there is a plan and there is no plan. Existing within the parallel universe of the Universal Media Netweb, the OTE mix consists of found sounds of many kinds from many sources put together on the run as the continuous audio collage progresses, along with live electronics (often from our Boopers), live sound processing, and all sorts of reccuring themes, topics and characters. Some of the shows involve all of Negativland, while some involve others outside of our group who participate semi-regularly. Beyond those, there are regular solo show broadcasts by Negativland member Don Joyce, who is the FCC license holder and responsible for filling the radio slot each week. All in all, if you like Negativland, you will like these shows, no matter who is involved, as they all maintain a "Negativ" touch based on our live mixing techniques. OTE often employs “Receptacle Programming,” which means you. Phone callers are punched into our mix with no warning. Call 510-848-4425 to deposit your programming. When your phone stops ringing, you’re on the air. Don’t say 'hello'."

A good overview of Over The Edge, Negativland, and Don Joyce's legacy can be found at this link.

Don's detailed 1995 essay about "Over The Edge."

For an informative bio on Negativland's past, present, and future, try this link.

Besides Negativland's many studio recordings, over the years a small selection of Over The Edge shows have been carefully edited into CD releases, often with elaborate packaging, and can be found here.

For updates on what the group is currently up to try Negativland's Facebook page.

NOTE 1: This archive began in September of 2015 by posting 941 three-to-five-hour-long episodes of Over The Edge from Don’s own personal air checks. That's over 3200 hours of live radio. There are still gaps in this archive to be filled over time (especially the early years. The 2015 shows will go live soon), so please contact Negativland at ote@negativland if you have any shows that we are missing. When you do, put "OTE" in the subject line. Our spam filters are set on high, and anything not having that tag will be junked. We're figuring that spam robots are not yet sophisticated enough to understand this paragraph, so we should be safe for a while.

NOTE 2: Individual show descriptions found here are mostly written by Don, but if a show description is missing and you’d like to contribute one, write it up as a "review" of the episode and let us know that you posted it. We are working on new and better ways to search this archive, and if you have ideas about that, drop us a line. And if you are that person who listens to every single show up here, however many years it takes you, please tell us!

NOTE 3: From 1981 to 1985, Over The Edge was on Sunday nights from 2am to 7pm. From 1985 onwards, the show has been on Thursday nights from midnight until either 3am or 5am, depending on which week of the month it was. The show was never on for the first week of each month, which is why there are never 52 shows in any given year.

NOTE 4: Though Over The Edge and Receptacle Programming continues to exist, evolve, and is still broadcasting each week on KPFA FM, this archive consists of the episodes helmed by Don Joyce. Once we have all of 2015 up, it will end on the episode broadcast immediately after his passing, "There Is No Don."

"To create is divine. To reproduce is human." - Man Ray.

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Several very old episodes of "The Shadow" from late Ô30s radio are mixed together, with a young Orsen Wells playing the shadow in most of them. Playboy Lamont Cranston, who has the power to cloud men's minds, moves invisibly through plots ranging from the deadly burning man contaminated by a radium experiment and the mad director of a sanitation dept who schemes to poison the city's water supply, to the haunted mansion in which an old hag keeps children she and her hunchback son have...
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Over the Edge: Late Late Classic Cartoons
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Over the Edge: Killer Instinct
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Over the Edge: Secret Organizations
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Above and Below
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
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"We give over 5 hours of programming to the Weatherman's house in Seattle where he and Dick send out their audio files via Shoutcast, and then we connect to Shoutcast and send them out via KPFA. This works great, with very clean sound, and we also get to hear the Weatherman go to the bathroom, wander around his garage, and all their other fully miked events in Seattle. Complicating the situation, we also have Richard manning a live phone on our air to bypass the Internet delay involved or...
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Over the Edge: OTE Christmas Nutcracker
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Over the Edge: War Birds
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Over the Edge: Negativland Live
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Well, all the Ken Nordine that I have, straight and not, for a 3 hour wander wondering excursion complete with Receptacle dwellers, stuff from his early 90s NPR series, and most of his records which began appearing in 1957 and have not stopped yet.
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Dickie Diamond hosts a no-loser game for receptacle callers. Contestants punch the category button on their phone, the wheel is spun, and they win whatever it stops on. Categories are limited to ice cream, cars, and dates with rock stars. This innovative but never before tried format ends in technical chaos, and the show launches itself into space. There, we hear many parts of "Electric Life", an early 80s studio piece made mostly out of OTE from that period. The Weatherman and his...
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Over the Edge: King's House - You Name It
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For those of you following the story so far, Dons only car really did blow up - World Radio World II Car Pledge (October 11, 1996) He really did need another car, and the very first caller who phoned in that week and offered to donate a car actually *did* donate that car - a 1978 Chevy Nova - to Don, who continued to drive it each week to Over the Edge until his death in 2015. Many thanks to Jeff Mayhew, who was that caller, for donating that Chevy Nova to Don, which quite literally allowed...
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Don't Be Afraid
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Beginning around 1939, we follow radio's presentation of WW II as it began. In the 30s you could buy swastika "lucky charms," news and commentary about the world on the brink, The Third Reich begins attacking Europe, Edward R. Murrow reports profusely from England at war, and Pearl Harbor is attacked. Fiction, actualities, and music of the radio day. -- Don Joyce
Topic: Series: How Radio Was Done
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Twilight Time
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Probing Mars
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Over the Edge: The Anniversary Show
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Science vs. religion throughout, with Alan Watts and a couple long clips of Negativland rehearsing "It's All In Your Head."
Topic: Series: Your Brain is God
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A show about Rock & Roll fantasies and facts from the 50s, centering around notorious 50s ClevelandN.Y. Disk Jockey and coiner of the term, Alan Freed. Moondog Alan is on the air from old transcriptions and live Rock & Roll theatre shows, with soundtrack bits from a Hollywood movie about him. Plus you get most of Jumpin Jack Jackson's Hisrtory Of Rock & Roll, Real Elvis interviews from the time, the conservative backlash against Rock & Roll, lots of splashy fab 50s celebrities...
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Over the Edge: Billy Joel Receptacle
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Over the Edge: Self Defense
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Nova Agenda
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Mr. X
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Over the Edge: Hotel Show
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A show all about how when a functional technology becomes obsolete, it can then start becoming art. Beginning with a little history of the phonograph and how to unpack your turntable, we scratch through the old world of Hi Fi, stereo, and the platters it came on, mixed with many remixed examples of how this surface bound "sound writing" has entered into the digital age in the form of cut-up nostalgia. We hear from the History of Rock & Roll with Jumpin Jack Jackson, Eldrado...
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Over the Edge: Let's Scare the Weatherman
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One of the most unique and amazing episodes of Over The Edge in its history, Don's car breaks for the last time, Dons breaks character for the first time, and Don breaks it all down for you, the listener, as he threatens to quit doing Over The Edge if he cannot get an automobile donated to him by the end of the show. Does he succeed? Do the listeners come to the rescue? Tune in and find out! The second and third hours of the show become World Radio World II, with a car donation wrap up at the...
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Due to the still fresh WTC events, I suspend any type of usual mix or theme and spend the night playing music and taking calls. Lots of talk with callers about everything happening, including a lengthy discussion of how stupid religion in general may or may not be. Receptacle programming throughout. -- Don Joyce
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Music and stories about voices, including Enoch by Robert Bloch, Shatterday by Harlan Ellison, and Bad Medicine from X-Minus One, all mixed up with textsound works by Gregory Whitehead and others, various speech training and dialect exercises from England and America, songs about voices, and receptacle voices to boot. With a nod to an approaching Halloween, it's all a little scary too.
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Pastor Dick is on with his new world wide electronic ministry, joining "forces" with the Weatherman, where they confront the ecumenical devilry of Pastor LaSee and his former nun friend, Sister Leah. The Weatherman opens the present of shoes he was handed as a gift from someone in a restaurant when they saw his socks stuck out of his shoes. Fractured backgrounds and receptacle callers who play a big part in Pastor Dick's Christmas morning talk show are interspersed with tastefully odd...
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - True or False
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A rambling odyssey concerned with our leader, C. Elliot Friday's home base, Howland Island, and some of the lore which surrounds it. This includes news and correspondence about the lawsuits from Island Records and SST Records, recorded attempts by operators to reach Howland by phone, all kinds of stuff about islands, and Amelia Earheart's tragic last flight to Howland in 1938. Some small bits from this show appear in "The Time Zones Exchange Project" CD (Over The Edge Vol. 7). -- Don...
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Over the Edge: 24 Frames per Second
Topic: Series: 24 Frames Per Second
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Over the Edge: Time Zones Exchange Project
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Over the Edge: Universe 1
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With this years time running out, we intermix a lot of material about time and time travel. There are several old radio sci-fi shows involved, as well as current science on the subject of time travel. The Weatherman visits a clock shop.
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Includes Subgenius bit at the end
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Abductions II
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Over the Edge: Coming Down
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Over the Edge: Disneyland BHT
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Negativland Ephemera
by Haduhi Szukis
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Negativland Live from New York August 2007 Recording of Negativland performing on August 3rd, 2007, at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. Several minutes at the end of their first set (Negativland's shows are essentially live performances of their radio show, with the requisite shuffling of cart machines, vinyl, and schlocky DJ-ing) were lost due to temporary failure of recording equipment. But otherwise things overall are quite good: the sound quality is decent and the material is...
Topics: Negativland, collage
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Over the Edge: China
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Negativland does a re-edit of a classic movie tune. From their DVD comp 'Our Favorite Things'
Topics: Negativland, Our Favorite Things, copyrights, infringement, U2, copyright, Bono, FBI, FIB,...
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Over the Edge: Lipstick Smear
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The beginning of this show finishes off all the pirate radio material, domestic and foreign, and then we move on to more Congressional hearings on media control and indecency, Mr. Stern arrives on Sirius satellite radio, Firesign radio, and more.
Topic: Series: How Radio Isn't Done
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The SubGenius Executive Bored, along with Izzy Isn't, professional banquet facilitator, hosts a holiday get together for the SubGenius big wigs. This show must rival the record for lengthiest, non-stop, multi-voice rapping and ranting on radio record. It never stops. Try to follow just one of them, or give up and immerse yourself in the whole unraveling weave of multi-SubGenius patter. We never did get to the annual accounting report!
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Over the Edge: OTE Receptacle Program
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Over the Edge: The History of Space
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With a lot of clipped help from a CBC feature recently broadcast in Canada, we present the history of noise in modern music. From the beginning of this century till this, it's very end, noise has made a historic impact in the audible arts. Through early realizations of the noisy industrial environment and the W.W. I influence, Dada and the early collagists, noise among the early avant guard composers, tape and electronics, and on and on through the recent industrial and electronica movements,...
Topic: Series: All Art Radio
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Crosley Bendix begins this show with a declaration that, since art is dead, he is switching to philosophy and will review that from now on. He begins this new career by tackling natural evolution vs planned initiation. After that, the role of family and sex in anthropological pre-history is thrown on a space ship and taken to your radio. On the way, boy crazy teenaged girls sing about the attractions of fascination, anthropologists discuss the strange evolvement of both sex and birth in human...
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Mutilation
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
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Over the Edge: Over the Phone
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With material entirely recorded during the 1950s, we survey how imagination, pretty good physics, and expectation began to infuse the possibility of space travel into the American psyche during the 50s. From science fiction about life in space ships to executives from the Aerojet Corp. describing their entrance into the business of 50s rockets, a non-stop trip through a warped Disneyland of space speculation during the decade before it became possible.
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The third in a series of "Sex Dirt" shows done between Ô93 and Ô95, this one takes the cake. Almost all music from beginning to end, with several guests on instruments, the Weatherman, live and on a thousand tapes, drenched in club soda as usual, holds on to his lead vocalist position throughout. This one finally provides the remaining material for the "Sex Dirt" OTE CD, and is the best single Negativland performance on OTE I can remember. Hearing the unedited 3 hours here...
Topic: Series: Sex Dirt
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In a completely related turnaround, we begin a series on radio history and how it happened. From Morse and Marconi, into the 20s and the earliest commercial stations, we follow the emergence of this amazing invention that burst into national consciousness at the turn of the 20th Century with lots of vintage audio, Edison discs, and a view of the culture and technology that informed it.
Topic: Series: How Radio Was Done
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Over the Edge: Tool Joke Show
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Over Russia
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Over the Edge: Audio Overdrive
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Fire in the Media
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Crash and Garry
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Over the Edge: Weatherman Receptacle
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Over the Edge: Sex Dirt I
Topic: Series: Sex Dirt
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A group of human specialists give advice on any subject to callers. Naturally, the most popular subject is sex, (nothing else seems to be even a distant second) all mixed up with moaning, Mr. Noisy, How To Speak Hip, Mr. Rogers and other assorted media advisory bites. "The Weatherman got laid" rumor lures some calls from The Weatherman, and all this talking sometimes becomes complicated enough to break up into left and right channel discussion groups. Teetering on the edge of FCC...
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Over the Edge: Another UFO - Autopsy I
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Topic: Series: Another UFO
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With a lot of help from "Mythscape, Remembering The End Of The World," a video about David Talbot's theory of primeval planetary configuration, X-Minus One's "A Pail Of Air," and a lot of sun songs, we consider the possibility that 10,000 to 20,00 years ago the planets rested in linear conjunction around the sun, eventually becoming unstable and interacting in cosmic catastrophies, resulting in our present planetary orbits around the sun. From these prehistoric celestial...
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Over the Edge: Secret Business
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Over the Edge: Throg Zeppelin
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Over the Edge: Another UFO Christmas Spirit
Topic: Series: Another UFO
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Over the Edge: Timi Yuro Receptacle
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Over the Edge: Death Clown
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The subject will surface, eventually. Even public surfaces like the telephone get involved in this. All the latest 1989 high school bleeding into college lingo from receptacleers, as well as authentic folk electronics, vinyl grooves as noise makers, and needles pointed at everyone. This is what the record would sound like if you were listening to it from inside the vinyl. This is not. Parascopic verbal excursions mixed benieth the surface and sub meanings are never recognized, except by Robert...
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Topic: Series: Advertising_Secrets
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Over the Edge: Fake Stone Age Speakin' Words
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